Non-trade barriers on Sri Lankan products should be removed: G. Jasinghe

Colombo: A top official of the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) of Sri Lanka today said that India should remove non-tariff barriers on Sri Lankan imports and the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the two nations should be implemented in phases.

President of NCE of Sri Lanka Ramal G. Jasinghe said Sri Lanka was open for joint ventures with Indian companies. The two countries signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2000.

“Lot of non-trade barriers are being imposed on Sri Lankan goods reaching the Indian shores. These barriers could be in the form of various charges, procedures,” Jasinghe told visiting Indian journalists.

According to him, the procedures differ from port to port in India and the clearance of goods takes time affecting business. The private sector chamber official also said if only the non-trade barriers were removed then bilateral trade between the two nations would increase further.